At the start of this month, Taylor, a member of our BN fam travelled to Chilli Beach (two days drive north of Cairns) with a group of likeminded people and one thing on their mind, to clean the 6km coastline of Chilli Beach— one of the most plastic effected coastlines here in Australia.
Hailing from southeastern NSW, we first met the Clean Coast Collective team when we featured them on the BN Journal for our Byron Bay locals guide. They've been running the Trash Tribe program for four years now, and each year they are just as surprised with how much has washed up on our shores.
Unfortunately, this year was no different.
This year, the Trash Tribe team (decked out in BN frames) collected a total of 3.2 tonnes of plastics from over 30 countries, around 85,000 individual pieces including 12,000 water bottle lids in only five days. This information is all collected over the five day period through the data team who count, inspect and sort all the plastics from the beach to help understand the impact of their clean ups. Over the years, this data has helped the Australia Border force with things from illegal fishing vessels to contraband smugglers floating in our waters and carrying unwanted items into Australia.
The trip was an important and eye-opening insight into how pollution is affecting our natural landscape, and it wouldn't have been possible without Tangaroa Blue who help coordinate the clean up, the Australian Marine Debris Database and everyone who attended. Taylor has taken what he learned from the trip and has shared it with the rest of the team, and we're excited to see where we go from here! Stay tuned for BN updates.